General election 2019 results when will the winner be announced?


THURSDAY will spell one of the most significant general elections in recent times.

The result of the election will shape how the country will move forward, and particularly, if and how Brexit will happen.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly vowed to ‘get Brexit done’ if the Conservatives win

When will the election results be announced?

Polling stations will open at 7am and close at 10pm on election day.

After the final vote is cast, they will be carefully counted in two stages.

The process takes roughly four hours and usually ends around 2am.

The winner is announced shortly after, in the early hours of the morning.

How can I follow the results live?

Sun Online will be keeping readers constantly up to date throughout the night with exit polls, results and reaction found on our general election 2019 live blog.

Major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Sky News and Channel 4 have all confirmed they will be covering the general election on Thursday night and the results on Friday morning.

Each broadcaster will launch their programme just before the polls close at 10pm.

Coverage will continue throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning as the results are announced.

What happens if Boris Johnson gets a majority?

If Boris Johnson wins, he will continue as Prime Minister and the Conservative Party will be installed as a majority government,

The Prime Minister wanted the general election because he felt a new Parliament was needed in order to break the political checkmate over Brexit.

He hopes going to the polls will secure him a working majority, giving him the power to “get Brexit done”.

With Mr Johnson presenting himself as the politician who can get Brexit done, he hopes to be more popular with leave

What happens if there’s a hung parliament?

The party with the most seats can choose two options in the event there is no majority: form a coalition with at least one other party;or rule as aminority government.

If the party with the most votes decides to rule as a minority – as did theToriesin 2017 – they will be reliant on the support of at least one smaller party to pass legislature through Parliament.

If both options fail, Parliament can be dissolved and a fresh election called.

What does it mean for Brexit?

A hung parliament will likely spell more Brexit delays as the parties try to negotiate a stable government to take the country forward.

When Theresa May called a snap election in 2017 it cost her her majority and saw the Tories join forces with the DUP in a confidence-and-supply agreement.

Boris Johnson seems to be confident that by calling an election he can win back a Tory majority.

This would allow him to successfully get his Brexit deal over the line due to the support he has around him.

But if there is no majority, there will be yet more political wrangling over what will happen next.